Enhance Your Fertility with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, it is believed that there is no such thing as “infertility.” That is because TCM is founded on a theory of balance. A woman's conception challenges are considered a result of an imbalance that needs to be rectified, not a matter-of-fact condition of infertility.
Generally, the TCM practitioner treats the body’s root imbalances and the body’s symptoms are thereby alleviated. This theory applies to fertility as much as to any other condition. A woman’s natural balanced state, from her first moon to the last she is in a state of "potentially conceiving." A deviation from this state—an imbalance in TCM theory—does not necessarily imply “infertility;” it simply means a shift from one's optimum reproductive health.
In Yin and Yang theory, any extreme contains a kernel of its opposite. For example, even the shortest day of the year contains the moment the days start getting longer. While your reproductive health may be at its weakest at the time of your first treatment, your initial visit may be your first step toward a state of rejuvenated fertility. More...
Male Factor Infertility. It takes two . . . Chinese medicine theory applies equally for male factor infertility. A man’s low sperm count, poor motility, morphology, or sexual dysfunction can all be linked to the body’s imbalances and treated with great success.
IVF and other Assisted Reproductive Therapies Many couples today are employing the assisted reproductive therapies of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or Intra Uterine Injections (IUI). A common and effective practice of TCM today is to have an acupuncture treatment immediately before and immediately after IVF. Studies have shown this practice to increase the number of resulting pregnancies by as much as 50% as compared to IVF treatments that did not employ TCM concurrently.
IVF and other assisted reproductive therapies are very expensive and emotionally & spiritually draining. By contrast, TCM alone is a fraction of the cost and generally promotes good emotional health. Given that stress alone can be a significant roadblock to getting you pregnant, we recommend that couples try TCM for several months before even trying assisted reproductive therapies.
If you have already begun IVF treatments, you should begin your course of TCM therapies right away. This will ensure the significant emotional and financial investment you've made in your IVF therapy is given the best possible landscape for success.
“Functional imaging of the brain shows that acupuncture points, when stimulated, actually affect various brain centers which then stimulate various healing systems in the body.”
ob/gyn conditions treated (from the perspective of Oriental Medicine)
Absent or painful menstruation
Endometriosis o PMS
Advanced Maternal Age
Elevated FSH Levels
Luteal Phase Defect
Male Factor Infertility
Ovarian cysts, Polycystic Ovaries
mind + spirit • Stress
• Restless Sleep
• Lack of Mental Focus
• Emotional Trauma
• Life Transitions
• Personal Growth Support
Frequently Asked Questions
Katie Fly, Our Acupuncture Physician Ask Katie:
How long will I have to take treatments?
We recommend you take 3-6 months, 1-2 weekly visits to prepare your womb. However, treatment terms inevitably vary from woman to woman.
Is it ok to do IVF at the same time?
Yes it is. If you haven't started IVF yet, however, it is recommended you begin your TCM treatment first.
What does an acupuncture treatment feel like?
Most women are surprised and relieved to learn that acupuncture needles are very thin—unlike hypodermic needles which are thick and hollow. Acupuncturists can attain a high level of skill in gently placing these tiny needles and often the insertion is barely perceptible. The needles are usually inserted only several millimeters in depth—also very unlike hypodermic injections. As such, patients generally do not feel the painful piercing or pricking sensation typically associated with an injection, blood sample, or other medical needle procedure. We use only disposable needles.
How long does an acupuncture visit take? Your first treatment is approximately 1.5 hours and involves an initial consultation in which a diagnosis is made and we determine which TCM treatments are right for you. After the initial consultation, we generally move right into a first treatment during the same visit. Follow-up visits consist of a much shorter intake/diagnosis period before treatment, and on average last 30 to 45 minutes.
Are Needles sterile and safe?
Yes, it is required that acupuncture physicians follow strict sterilization procedures. More importantly, needles today are used once and then disposed accordingly. We use only disposable needles.
Moxibustion is the burning of a Chinese herb, ai ye, also know as mugwort. The herb is burned and a concentrated heat is applied to acupoints.. The heat penetrates the superficial layers of the skin and has a very strong tonifying effect. The heat increases circulation of both chi and blood. It’s a great adjunct to many treatments as it is noninvasive. In fact, moxa can be a treatment for elderly patients that cannot be needled due to their weak constitution. There are many forms of moxa, all produce a calming aroma.
How should I prepare for my Acupuncture treatment? Patients should eat before coming for an acupuncture treatment and should wear comfortable clothes. You should be prepared to refrain from rigorous exercise for at least two hours before and after treatment.
How do you use Traditional Chinese Medicine to diagnose my health problem? We will ask a variety of questions regarding your specific complaint and general health. We will use Traditional Chinese diagnostic methods including radial pulse reading and tongue diagnosis. The initial consultation includes a standard health history not unlike at a medical doctor’s office. You will need to fill out a few forms that I provide you. If you wish, you may download the forms and fill them out at home before you come in. Whatever first treatment is appropriate will be done immediately following the initial consultation.
What does the Acupuncture or Chinese Medicine treatment involve? During acupuncture, full attention will be given to help you relax and receive the most value from the treatment. After each needle is inserted, you may feel nothing, or sometimes a vague numbness, heaviness, or slight tingling. However, the treatment is effective whether these feelings are sensed or not. The needles will be left in for 20-30 minutes while you relax with soothing music in a warm room. After the treatment, you may experience a relaxing euphoric feeling.
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